Zune second-best selling Black Friday item

Nintendo Wii tops the chart for the second year

Don't discount the Microsoft Zune music player just yet - figures show that it was the second-best selling item during Black Friday in the US last Friday.

Online retailers including PriceGrabber, Shopping.com, and auction website eBay said the Microsoft Zune - both the 30GB and 80GB versions - was the second-most purchased item on the web on Black Friday, just behind the Nintendo Wii gaming console, which spent the second year at the top of the sales chart.

The sales figures must be a relief to Bill Gates and company after seeing the Microsoft Zune struggling against the Apple iPod for more than a year now. The rise in sales is said to be a result of a recent software update and reduced prices, InfoWorld.com reports.

However, it should be noted that Amazon was not included in these figures, nor was the online Apple Store. It will be a few days more until we have the complete picture of what consumer tech products US shoppers have opted for in the run-up to Christmas. The numbers also obviously don't include sales in Main Streets and shopping malls across the USA, or for 'Cyber Monday' - another big online shopping day.

Other top-selling products in the US during the past Thanksgiving weekend included the Magellan Maestro 3100, TomTom One and Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS devices, the Guitar Hero III game, Microsoft's Office 2004 Student and Teacher edition, and a few Canon digital cameras.

In total, US shoppers spent around $531 million online on Black Friday, and another $20 billion in stores.